Christmas cactus


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Christmas cactus

n.
Any of several epiphytic cacti of the genus Schlumbergera, native to Brazil, having jointed flat segments and widely cultivated as houseplants for their showy, usually magenta or red flowers that bloom in winter.

Christmas cactus

n
(Plants) a Brazilian cactus, Schlumbergera (formerly Zygocactus) truncatus, widely cultivated as an ornamental for its showy red flowers

Christ′mas cac`tus


n.
a cactus, Schlumbergera bridgesii, native to Brazil, having stems with leaflike segments and bearing showy usu. purplish red flowers.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.Christmas cactus - epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winterChristmas cactus - epiphytic cactus of Brazilian ancestry widely cultivated as a houseplant having jointed flat segments and usually rose-purple flowers that bloom in winter
cactus - any succulent plant of the family Cactaceae native chiefly to arid regions of the New World and usually having spines
genus Schlumbergera, Schlumbergera - South American epiphytic or lithophytic cacti
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Rob Wheway Director - Children's Play Advisory Service Cactus timing is actually spot-on JULIE Smith's 'Easter cactus' (Your Pictures, Dec 22) is a Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) and is flowering at the right time.
African violet and Christmas cactus plants lend themselves well for rooting individual leaf cuttings.
I'VE been fascinated by cacti since childhood having been given a cutting of a Christmas cactus by the old man who lived next door.
Cyclamen and Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) ADD compost to a planter or bowl - here I've used zinc-embossed pots which are light enough to carry and give someone as a gift.
For a unique alternative to the traditional holiday poinsettia or Christmas cactus, and an attractive easy-care houseplant that will bloom continuously throughout winter, you may want to consider giving florists' cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) a try.
Christmas cactus will grow and flower at your temperatures as well as forced paperwhite narcissi, prepared spring flowering bulbs and most of the spring blooming cacti and succulents.
If you''''re thinking of plants, there are the Christmas cactus and bulbs of hyacinths look excellent at this time of year
My Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary has been replaced by a Christmas cactus and wind-up clock.
Place Christmas cactus in bright, indirect sunlight.
More common plants that can be poisonous and sometimes fatal include lilies, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, mistletoe, ivy, holly and berries.
But while poinsettias are probably just a festive treat, a Christmas cactus will last for years and thrive on neglect - so it's well worth considering as an alternative.
Among the easiest of festive plants is the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncata), with its spreading foliage and successive, pendulous flowers.